A remarkable Dispatches program on Channel 4 last night. It concerned substandard housing in the UK. We watch a morning BBC program called Homes under the Hammer which shows three properties that come up at auction. They are often semi-derelict but the new owners for the cost of a few thousand pounds can restore them to delightful residences that rent out at between £350 a month.
In the Dispatches program, a landlord was renting out derelict properties at £500 a month in unrestored states and the local authorities were allowing him to get away with it. There is sufficient legislation to send these unscrupulous landlords to prison but the local authorities will not act. The Chief Executive of the company that was investigated had a Muslim name and I'm sorry to say it but the the landlords who do the shoddiest work on Homes under the Hammer are usually Muslims too.
We have had examples of vote-rigging in many northern towns. I am beginning to suspect that graft is to blame for the outrageous state of our housing stock, but it is graft protected by racial and religious sensitivity.
In Southall, West London, another outrage was revealed. Indian landlords are letting out 'sheds' at the bottom of their gardens to illegal immigrants, at the same time breaking the law in trying to legitimize their status. This as well as letting their houses to multi-occupied overcrowding that breaks all health and safety legislation. When challenged by the TV reporter the landlords claimed to be fireproof. More graft?
The people from Shelter, the housing charity, claimed that the problem is due to our poor housing stock, harking back to Mrs Thatcher selling the council houses, but it seems to me that it is more likely due to a vast increase in the population through illegal immigration. May illegals, as we have seen, are paid much less than the minimum wage and consequently pay no tax. I have said that I have no objection to the free movement of labor, but these must be real jobs, not jobs in the 'black' economy.
Holland is reacting to the number of unemployed Poles that have now entered their country and is threatening to deport them, against EU law. It is also threatening to withhold benefits from all non-Dutch speaking residents (again against EU law.